Annette’s life is a pilgrimage of the pursuit for God’s own heart. Born into a strong Christian family with solid beliefs, she was taught the Scriptures and accepted Jesus Christ as a child.
Professionally trained in music from the age of nine, Annette first experienced the use of her talent as a church pianist. It wasn’t uncommon for her to accompany singing groups or soloists while the other children were playing. She later served as a Music Director for 5 years and was pianist for the Sonlight Singers Southern Gospel Quartet.
A young wife and mother at the age of 20, Annette prayed for God to use her to be a witness for Him. She never imagined God would use the PTL Club, a Christian TV program, to start her on a journey of serving God with a music ministry. It was through one of the programs that God prompted her to pray and ask for His anointing and guidance to write a song. Since then she has written hundreds of songs, the Hope For Today 10 Week Devotional and recorded 19 projects. Her challenging lyrics and worshipful music has encouraged listeners all across the world to open their hearts to God.
Annette has become a skilled writer and her love for the Lord is portrayed through the lyrical content of her songs. Annette is owner of Annette Herndon Publishers and MyRapha Music. Many groups and soloist across the country are singing and recording Annette’s songs. Annette is a member of the Song Garden Music Group record label based in Nashville, TN.
Annette served as Administrator for Come Alive Ministries, a local Crisis Pregnancy Center in Winder, GA for 2 years before resigning in November 2001. She then served on their Board of Directors before resigning in 2010.
Annette has written and recorded two pro-life songs and “Memories” was included on a GRTL promotional CD and adopted as the theme song for the Georgia chapter of Silent No More. Annette has sung at the Georgia State Capital on several occasions one of which the then Governor Sonny Perdue was in attendance.
Annette hosted the Voice of Truth TV program on WCTV in Winder, Georgia until May 2010. Other TV appearances include TBN Atlanta Georgia, Day Star Christian Television Ashland Kentucky, Dove Christian Broadcasting Greenville South Carolina, WTCT Global Television Marion Illinois and Nashville Tennessee, WATCTV 57 Atlanta, Georgia, Living Faith TV Abingdon Virginia, TV 49 Augusta Georgia, UC TV 3 Ft. Oglethorpe Georgia and several video shows aired on Gospel Music Television, North Georgia Gospel and the Country Gospel Network.
Annette has enjoyed Southern Gospel charting success of several songs including None But Jesus which held it’s place in the Singing News for 4 months and her music can be heard on radio world wide. Music recognitions include a top 10 nomination for a Diamond Award in the Female Soloist category and two nominations from the Emerald Coast Southern Gospel Music Association, “Revived”-Album of the year and “None But Jesus”-Song of the year.
In 2002 Annette accepted the call to begin a women’s ministry and founded Encouraging Today's Women. Annette and her husband, Harold, hosts an annuel event called "A Day of Encouragement" in their local community where women can come and receive most anything they need but most importantly they are filled with spiritual inspiration and the word of God. She has become a much sought after speaker and singer for ladies events in churches.
In 2008 Annette wrote, “Hope For Today” ten week devotional to accompany her CD entitled, “Songs of Hope”.
2011 Annette started ministering to women in Homeless Shelters. The second Tuesday night of every month she has ‘Ladies Night Out’ meetings with women at the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter in Athens, Georgia where she gives the women personal hygeine products. She has the privilege of leading many women to the saving Grace of God and encouraging many more through this ministry. She also ministered to women at the Walton County Correctional Institute in Monroe, GA for 6 years and ministers at the women’s state prison in Alto, GA on occasion.
In 2014, Along with help from Babbie Mason, Annette co-wrote ten songs with Mr. Marlin Harris,III for The Beatitudes Life CD. Marlin is the author of “Let The Beatitudes Be My Attitude In You” book and bible study.
In 2015 Annette and Harold started the “Encouraging Today’s Women” 30 minute radio program heard Sunday mornings on WJBB 107.1 FM locally and the internet.
June 2016 Annette was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She continues to be a fighter and survivor today! God has brought her a long way and she gives Him all the glory!
April 2018 Annette is going back to the studio to record her latest CD for Song Garden Music Group.
Annette and Harold are active members at Bear Creek First Baptist Church in Winder, Georgia. Together they are a team serving the Lord in this beautiful ministry that He has entrusted to them.